Student Spotlight – Bridget Baxter

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Bridget does kettlebell Turkish get-ups during the 5:30 AM class

Tell us a little something about yourself: Where are you from? What do you do for work and fun? What is your sports & fitness background?

I’m from Great Falls, I moved to Missoula in 2008 for grad school at UM and have been here since. I work at Old Sawmill District in real estate sales and development and also own a small business, Moxie Nosh. I played organized sports growing up and got into weight lifting and running during college and actually started a career as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor during that time. As a senior at MSU-Billings, I tried out for the cross-country team on a whim and made the team. It was one of the best experiences of my life and I’ve always regretted that I didn’t do it sooner. My degree is in Health Promotion and I spent about 12 years personal training, health coaching and teaching group fitness before I shifted careers and got into real estate. I still place a high value on my personal fitness and have integrated it as part of the lifestyle I live.

When did you first start training at CrossFit Missoula?

July 2019

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? Describe your experience.

I have a few friends that have been ‘CrossFitter’s’ for years and have joined them for workouts in the past. Prior to joining Missoula CrossFit, I’ve had the belief that CrossFit was an intimidating fitness community with a high injury rate and I never really considered it as something I could get into on a consistent basis. Since working out with Daniel, my perception has changed and I’ve really enjoyed challenging my fitness in a different way that I’ve done in the past.

What’s your CrossFit “superpower”? What are you good at?

I think I’m good at longer, endurance-focused workouts. I love the grind and how it challenges me both mentally and physically. I also love squats and any workout that incorporates them.

What’s your CrossFit “goat”? What skill or ability are you currently chasing?

My weakness is double unders! I would like to get to a point where I can do at least 20 in a row, consistently……still chasing that. I’m also working to improve the speed in my clean and press and snatch so I can work on getting stronger on those movements.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting at CrossFit Missoula?

I’ve noticed that my overall strength has increased quite a bit and the cross fit style training has also made me a faster runner.

Please share with us any favorite CrossFit Missoula moments:

I like working out with people who are faster and stronger than me, because it naturally motivates me to do more and try harder.

What advice do you have for someone just getting started with CrossFit?

Stick with it! Only compare yourself to yourself.